Vienna, VA, Sept. 25, 2012– Greenloons, which guides travelers to sustainable vacations, outlines a few of many take-away benefits of pursing a green holidaypath. These range from the lingering flavors of exotic foods to memories of meaningful interactions with locals and living simply in eco-chic dwellings.
"We vet our trips before we send clients out the door, anticipating that they, too, will take joy from, among others, knowing their visits are helping people in far-flung places care for their own families," says Irene Lane, Greenloons founder. "A green journey provides a thoughtful platform on which even youngsters can experience new cultures."
Lane promises that the following five sustainable vacations will resonate long after suitcases have been unpacked back home:
Taste of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is a sensory journey focused on a cuisine redolent of the Vietnamese way of life, imbued with baguettes and coffee. (12 days, $2,530 per person including accommodations in local hotels, overnight boat and sleeper train, most meals, internal transfers, and activities)
Costa Rica Highlights Wonders supports small entrepreneurs in a country that has sustainability in its DNA. National parks, pristine beaches, rainforests and active volcanoes combine with restful nights surrounded by heritage and culture. (7 days, from $1,200 per person including accommodations in locally owned inns, most meals and activities)
Amalfi Coast Local Living immerses visitors into the local customs of hilltop towns surrounded by lemon groves and vineyards overlooking miles of Mediterranean-kissed cliffs. Guests explore the ruins of Pompeii in the morning, hike the coastline in Valle delle Ferriere National Park, Mount Tre Calli, and the ancient towns of Positano and Praiano in the afternoons, and tuck into bed at a 16th century monastery at sundown. (8 days, $1,499 per person including accommodations in a small locally-owned guesthouse, 6 home-cooked dinners using local organic produce, cooking experiences, 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch)
Rainforest Voluntourism Program supports social or environmental initiatives in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. These programs combine such experiences as wildlife viewing, visits to an oxbow lake and a parrot clay lick with a couple of days volunteering in the construction of communal facilities such as water filtration systems and elementary school playgrounds. (5 days, $2,307 per person including accommodations, meals, river transportation, and transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado)
Patagonia Safari combines how to live simply in eco-chic domes with an exploration of the Chilean Patagonia region's uninhabited landscape of lakes, glaciers, icebergs, forests, fjords and mountains. Guests explore the southern tip of the Andes is Torres del Paine National Park, a World Heritage Site. (6 days, from $1,313 per person including accommodations, activities and meals)
Greenloons is a premier online resource dedicated to inspiring people to think different, be different and travel different – in ways that help to ensure a more sustainable planet. An advocate of social empowerment, financial viability and environmental preservation, Greenloons connects mindful travelers with unique, meaningful and eco-certified travel experiences all over the world.